non·​clas·​s·​ical ˌnän-ˈkla-si-kəl How to pronounce nonclassical (audio)
: not classical
nonclassical music
a nonclassical method

Examples of nonclassical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the talented songwriter has of late been inextricably linked to some of the best work from Swift, winning producer of the year nonclassical honors in 2023 and 2022. USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile two awards — producer of the year and songwriter of the year, both for nonclassical music — have been moved to the general field. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 Nominees for producer of the year, nonclassical, include Jack Antonoff, known for his work with Swift and Del Rey; Daniel Nigro (Rodrigo); Hit-Boy (Nas, Don Toliver); Dernst Emile II, known as D’Mile (Monét); and Metro Boomin (Travis Scott; Drake & 21 Savage). Ben Sisario, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Finneas shared in most of those Grammys, with his own 2020 win for producer of the year, nonclassical. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 Both are up for awards on March 14: Thundercat for progressive R&B album (competing against Chloe x Halle, Jhené Aiko, Robert Glasper and Free Nationals) and the 37-year-old Lotus for producer, nonclassical (against Jack Antonoff, Andrew Watt, Dan Auerbach and Dave Cobb). Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2021 Now, the two-piece, in addition to being nominated for best new artist, is also up for best alternative performance, best alternative album, best engineering, nonclassical and best remixed recording. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2023 And nonclassical sounds find their way in — little reminders of a world outside the concert hall and traces of the humanity often left behind in the commandeering conductor’s wake. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 In particular, entanglement of particles enables information about them to be spread around and manipulated in nonclassical ways. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonclassical was in 1849

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“Nonclassical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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